Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles -- some of them of his own making. Written by
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An uninteresting story you endure but the pay-off never comes
Inside Llewyn Davis is a story about an uninteresting folk singer in the 60s.
During the long first act of the movie, he has an uninteresting time in New York so he decides to head out to Chicago.
I thought things were going to pick-up at this point as John Goodman tags along for the ride and there are a couple of incidents which I thought would be developed but the journey turns out to be as uninteresting and his subsequent short stay in Chicago.
This is a movie you endure because it is a Coen brothers movie so you keep thinking there will eventually be a pay-off especially as it has been rated so highly but there isn't one.
The film ends as uninterestingly as it begins, literally. I would call this their most mediocre movie to date. The dialog isn't clever and there isn't even one decent tune.
I actually read somewhere that the Coen brothers were worried that the movie was too uninteresting so they added a cat. It does not redeem the movie.
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